Weekend Open Thread: All Your Base (and Amino Acid) are Belong to Us


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This is bad — really bad, even worse than the pun in the above headline.  Let’s go to the video:

The U.S. Supreme Court will soon decide whether this patenting of human genes — possibly your human genes — described in the video is legal.  (Here’s a lawyer explaining the issues in Association for Molecular Pathology v. Myriad Genetics for you, if you’re into that sort of thing.)  Apparently, they’re not that likely to win — although they did win at a lower level — but even the attempt is an example of a corporate action best expressed as, spelling things out in the language of amino acids, “GAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA”!  We’ll have more on the story as it develops — unless they repossess the body parts we need to type it for you.  (By the way, people have been unable to get cancer tests because they can’t afford the royalties they have to pay Myriad Genetics due to their patent, so this is sort of “life-and-deathy.”)

Definitely Twisted

This is your Weekend Open Thread. Talk about this or whatever else you’d like, within broad bounds of reason and decorum.


About Greg Diamond

Worker's rights attorney now moving into "good governance" litigation. North Vice Chair of Democratic Party of Orange County and occasional candidate. Proud to be prolix. Unless otherwise specifically stated, his writings never speak for the Democratic Party at the local, county, state, national, or galactic level. He tries to either suppress or openly acknowledge his partisan, issue, ideological, and "good government" biases in most of his writing here. If you have a question about any particular writing, just ask him about it and (unless you are an pseudonymous troll) he will probably answer you at painful length. He lives in Brea but generally doesn't blog about it. A family member works as a campaign treasurer for Wendy Gabriella in AD-73; he doesn't directly profit from that relatively small compensation and it doesn't affect his coverage. He does advise some campaigns informally and without compensation, although in 2014 he may receive some compensation for campaign consulting and fundraising for the campaign of Jorge Lopez for Orange County Assessor.